The Prototype cars built as design exercise’s or as show cars were a way to gauge public appeal for upcoming models and ideas for all auto manufacturers. One of the 1964 models was the Pontiac Banshee. There were to be an ongoing series of cars for the Banshee design, but the start was this vehicle. Pontiac envisioned this as a Mustang Fighter and two versions were built. The first had a straight 6 cylinder motor and the second had a V8.
Because of the success of the Pontiac GTO, General Motors execs at the time were worried that the Banshee would not only beat the Mustang, but also their beloved Corvette. Judging from John DeLorean’s success with the GTO, they were probably right in their assumption. After all the steel body Banshee weighed 500 pounds less than the Corvette.
The model was cancelled from further developement in 1966 and Pontiac was…
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